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Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

stintingly to every new movement of resistance, however weak. Arms were
lacking only for the veterans of the fighting in this war, who are fighting for
life or death against the foe, the enemy not only of Poland, but of humanity
itself."
" Poland, Polish people, will never forget I "
On September 6, the Mayor of Underground Warsaw sent a message
to the Lord Mayor of London and to the Mayor of New York city :—
"As Mayor of the Polish capital, I feel myself authorised to "put two
questions which are being asked daily by the people of Warsaw. First,
why have we been left solitary., and for so long ; why have arms, ammunition
and food not been supplied to us ? Secondly3 why have not aircraft been
sent with succour ? We need above all bombers which might prevent the
Germans from destroying Warsaw, district by district. We appeal to the
conscience of civilised nations. Only immediate help; if given by them,
may have an effect.*5
He received a reply only from La Guardia, Mayor of New York City :—
44 The people of Warsaw are lighting the Nazis, our enemies, the enemies
of Britain and of Russia. They asked for arms and ammunition to be
dropped by aircraft, as in other places . . .
" The people of Warsaw are not asking for sympathy. They are not
asking for the unreasonable. They are only asking for 'that co-operation
to which they are entitled as an ally, and which I believe they have every
right to expect."
On September j, the Warsaw radio Station Blyskavica broadcast:—
" The situation is very serious. The enemy is carrying out a systematic
destruction of the centre of the capital. The civilian population who left
the districts most affected by the fighting are now crowding the adjacent
districts. Food is very scarce. There is no electric light and the water
supply has been cut off."
By September 8, " the fighting has assumed an intensity which has
reached the limits of human endurance,"
The German report of this fortieth day of the struggle was quoted by
D.N.B., giving details of the battle :—
. ..." In the early morning the three German wedges operating in the
North of Warsaw came close together and linked up. The ring round Warsaw
North—a nest of stubborn resistance—was closed.
** It would only have been a matter of common-sense for them to admit
the senselessness of further resistance, but the German offer inviting surren-
der was ignored. Once more the mad urge of a few to assert themselves
raised the torch of fire over the shambles and ruins of Warsaw, one-time
city of millions of inhabitants. In all its rnercilessness the chaos was
spreading. In few minutes this hidden struggle against barricaded franc-
tireurs and death lurking behind a hundred windows, skylights and cellar-
holes had turned into a fight for the nerve-centre of the resistance, and for
their Staffs and Commands. Four times in one day the reckless German
assault of the Stock Exchange block was resumed.
**A ceaseless hail of bombs from our ground-attack aircraft once more
rained down on the burning houses, relentlessly our multiple mortars fired,
salvos of artillery and mortar fire followed one another. In between, the
manoeuvrable Goliaths pushed their way towards the barricades. More
than ever before, the fight for the last remaining nests of resistance still
mairitaining their fire became an individual struggle of man against man.
The unremitting blows dealt by the German battiegroups and the heavy
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